Text: Acts 9:32-43
To be ready to share how God has worked in your life
In thanksgiving for those who have died in the Lord
For those who grieve their loved one’s death
ACTS IS BREATHLESS in how it moves from moment to moment: Philip snatched from the desert road and deposited in Azotus; Paul before the gates of Damascus; now Peter in Lydda and Joppa. The urgency of the Spirit’s work is captured in all these moments, for something new is breaking into the world, and the page can barely contain it.
This new thing long promised by God (Isaiah 43:19) means that people will be forever changed; that life can never be the same. In the garden, before the gaping tomb, Mary and her friends stood first weeping, then dumbfounded, and finally overjoyed—for if Jesus is alive, then the causes of weeping will be finally put to flight! The Acts of the Apostles puts that truth out there into the world, for the sick are healed, the dead are raised, and those who sense they are far from God have good news preached to them, as we will soon see.
In our own day, the Spirit’s work continues, and is even more urgent than those long-ago times. In your own life there are people who need the healing word of forgiveness, who need the hope that death is not the ending of all things, who need an answer when that fleeting sense that asks, “isn’t there more to life that this?”, rises from the depths of their hearts. In short, they need to know the story of God at work in and with you!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks